McGees in cuddle farewell to children

mrs_mcgee_teddiesHARARE One thousand children in Harare celebrated the Day of the African Child with a smile when United States ambassador James McGee and his wife, Shirley, donated teddy bears, pledging further US support to children in Zimbabwe.(Pictured: Mrs McGee and her husband (partially blocked by a childrens home worker) handing out teddy bears t

Its people like you that continue to make me want to stay and work here in Zimbabwe. Your efforts are to be commended, McGee told staff at Chiedza Child Care Center which caters for over 700 orphaned and vulnerable children in Ardbennie during a ceremony last Wednesday.
Zimbabwe is a very difficult place these days but because of the smiling faces of these children, it really is encouraging, said McGee.
Three childrens centres, Chiedza, St. Alphonsus pre-school in Tafara and First Ministries church in Mbare received the teddy bears from the McGees. The teddy bears were hand-knitted by volunteers in the United States as part of the Mother Bear project.
Mrs McGee told the children that teddy bears are a symbol of comfort and hope.
As we commemorate the Day of the African Child, which is June 16, I would like to give each of you a token of American friendship, said Mrs McGee.
All three childrens centers that benefited from the donation receive support from the Children First Project administered by World Education and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID.) It benefits over 33,000 children throughout Zimbabwe.
The Ambassador pledged continued US assistance to children in Zimbabwe. The United States is a friend of Zimbabwe. We will stand by you, and support you through these difficult days. And well celebrate with you when the future once again is bright in Zimbabwe, McGee told the children.

USAID is one of the biggest supporters of programs for orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.

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